Paging with a digital trunked system
For the ones that are switching or already have switched to a digital trunking system: How are you going to to page your volunteers? From my understanding there are no P25, DMR or Nexedge pagers. Are all the volunteers getting a radio or are you going to keep both infrastructures and simulcast?
The next question would be then if we should keep the analog system for backup even if they came out with a P25 pager.
What are your plans?
Offer to our department.. PLEASE HELP
Our department had an offer to install a repeater and base station to our department with them giving us the repeater to switch the department to digital / Analog. To receive and talk to 911 when we are toned we would still have to use the analog system. Also the radios that they want us to purchase is a Hytera Digital/ Analog radio. He stated that everything was compatible and wouldnt have any problems, but what i see is if we go the repeater route there is $1000 for a 10 year license and we dont know how the coverage would be. We are a very rural area, (a mountain splitting our coverage in the middle). Does anyone know if this system would be a good idea for our department?? He stated that we didnt have to have the repeater but there would be minimal digital coverage. Also, the digital would only be used for inner-department activities (Text Messages, etc.) Also we would be able to keep track if any of our members have an open mic. Could anyone give me some input??
Benefit or hurt us??